Police dogs! They’re out there, serving you – the public! Unless you’re a bad guy, in which case they’re out there, biting you – the public! But who are they, these K-9 heroes? Let’s take a peek behind the badge…
Police dogs aren’t always good at figuring out who, exactly, the perpetrator is. One result of this is that folks tend to cooperate with a cop who has a K-9 partner.
Sense Of Smell
A dog’s sense of smell is better than yours. More than 100,000 times better. Imagine if ALL cops had noses like that.
A police dog or two provides much better crowd control than all those weapons ‘Hammer’ pulled out of his case in ‘Iron Man 2.’
Each K-9 officer saves the two-legged kind anywhere between 600 and 1000 hours annually. Someone must be training them to do paperwork…
With A Big Exception
Officers working with police dogs are much more likely to be involved in ‘use-of-force incidents’ than other officers. Bad dog!
Police Dogs are always trained to bite, then HOLD. If a K-9 cop is chewing you, you must be extra tasty!
Home Sweet Home
Typically, police dogs live with their human handlers. This strengthens bonds. Wonder if that wouldn’t work between human cops, too.
Police Dog Breeds
German Shepherds are the most common breed chosen for police dog work. Others are Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers, Beagles (yay, Snoopy!), Belgian Malinois and, of course, Bloodhounds.
Most police dogs are European. They simply know how to train police dogs, who typically arrive at the police station trained and ready to go.
Jobs For K-9 Cops
K-9 cops serve as cadaver dogs, crowd control, detection dogs and more. But they still love hugs!